I apologise for writing here about a second piece of art currently exhibited at MONA, but The Mice and Me by Meghan Boody (2008) is confronting in the most beguiling way, drawing you in even as you’re not sure you want to get too close.
This too-real girl in a cage from Boody (NY, NY, USA) is not the first time I’ve seen life-like sculpture. Australian artist, Ronnie van Hout made an excellent impression of himself with a bird in his hand which I saw exhibited in the Linden Gallery in Melbourne Australia in 2003. But what makes Boody’s installation so compelling is the age of the girl, her sleep-like but-awake repose, and the cage she’s been placed in.
The Mice and Me brings this to mind: Girl – vulnerable – seductive – true – being rodent-explored – being caged – being stilled – being innocent – needing our protection – except ‘I’ll do as I want!’ – forever and in perpetuity.
The Mice and Me by Meghan Boody is a clothed silicone life cast figure with human hair and glass eyes enclosed in a stainless steel cabinet with moss, surgical kidney dish, beaver pelt, rodent feed, mice, timer and water pump system. A truly extraordinary piece of art to take in.